Champions League Group Stage: United draw Benfica, Basel and Otelul Galati

by Sam Peoples

Photo: Clive Mason (Getty Images)

Today the inaugural UEFA Champions League group stage takes place and there are some tough fixtures that could be pulled out of the hat for United. In Pot 2, Italian champions AC Milan stand-out and in pot 3, German outfit Bayer Leverkusen look the most dangerous out of the choices and another Bundesliga team, Borussia Dortmund, are the name to avoid from pot 4. Alternatively, it could go the other way and United could draw CSKA Moscow, BATE Borisov and Otelul Galati, such is the beauty of the draw. Last year United went through the group stage only conceding 1 goal against Valencia in the last fixture and we will be hoping for a group stage performance on par with that, but it will all be dependent on who comes out of the hat. Bring on the draw.

                                                                            

 POT 1: MANCHESTER UNITED, Barcelona,Chelsea, Bayern Munich,Arsenal, Real Madrid, Porto, Inter Milan

POT 2: AC Milan, Lyon, Shakthar Donetsk, Valencia, Benfica, Villarreal, CSKA Moscow, Marseille

POT 3: Zenit St Petersburg, Ajax, Leverkusen, Olympiakos, Lille, Basle, BATE Borisov, Manchester City

POT 4: Borussia Dortmund, Napoli, Dinamo Zagreb, APOEL Nicosia, Genk, Viktoria Plzen, Otelul Galati, Trabzonspor

                                                                                

Group A

Bayern Munich, Villareal, Manchester City, Napoli.

Group B

Inter Milan, CSKA Moscow, Lille, Trabzonspor.

Group C

Manchester United, SL Benfica,  FC Basel, Otelul  Galati.

Group D

Real Madrid, Lyon, Ajax, Dinamo Zagreb.

Group E

Chelsea, Valencia, Bayer Leverkusen, Genk.

Group F

Arsenal, Marseille, Olympiakos, Borussia Dortmund.

Group G

FC Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Zenit St Petersburg, Apoel FC.

Group H

FC Barcelona, AC Milan, BATE Borisov, Viktoria Plzen.

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